One of Donald Trump’s favorite “attack lines” against his opponent is that with Hillary Clinton, you get “four more years of Barack Obama.” While this kind of rhetoric works well with Trump’s base of misguided Obama-haters, it doesn’t play well with swing voters and independents.
According to a Fox News poll of independents conducted October 10, President Obama’s job approval rating is at an all-time high: 54% view his performance favorably compared to 42% who do not.
So, Mr. Trump, why wouldn’t voters want four more years of President Obama?
With Republicans on record as having said their number one priority after his inauguration was to obstruct our new president at every turn (even opposing legislation they themselves had once championed), he has nevertheless been able to get things done.
Here are just a few of the things Americans got with Obama in the White House:
- Best job growth in 18 years
- Strongest dollar in three decades
- Gas at about $2 a gallon
- Unemployment cut in half
- Annual Bush deficit cut by two-thirds
- Recovered housing market
- Growing exports
- Nearly tripling of stock market
- End of the war in Iraq
- Elimination of Osama Bin Laden
Trump’s insistent blather that Obama has been the worst president in American history may reinforce what conservative media outlets have been offering up their followers for years, but it does not comport with the facts. It certainly does not expand Trump’s base of voters needed to win a general election.
While some Americans may not see the awesomeness of an Obama “third term,” our foreign neighbors surely do! When President Obama addressed the Canadian Parliament earlier this year, members applauded him, chanting “four more years,” following his speech on defending progressive values.
Although our law forbids a president from seeking a third term, an extension of Obama’s legacy through a Hillary Clinton presidency will have to do!
Trump and his surrogates love to say if you want more of the same, vote for Hillary. Judging from his sinking poll numbers, it appears many voters are heeding Trump’s advice.
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